McHenry Downtown Theatre

1204 N. Green Street,
McHenry, IL 60002

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McHenry Downtown Theatre

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The theater was opened on February 21, 1929 as the Empire Theatre, renamed the Colony Theatre in 1939, it burned in 1952.

It was rebuilt to the plans of architect John van der Meulen, and opened in February 1955. It was later twinned in the 1980’s and closed suddenly as a discount house managed by Rhyan Management (RMC) in January 2000. It reopened in 2003 as a discount first-run theater operated by “C” You at the Movies. It had closed by 2014.

Contributed by Brian Wolf

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Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.

dhowell on June 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Here is their official website. There is also a photo of the theatre on this page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2010 at 3:48 am

The entry for Chicago architect John van der Meulen in the 1962 American Architects Directory lists this 1955 theater among his works. Later in his career van der Meulen and his architectural partner Ralph Rapson became known for the American embassies they designed in various cities, including Stockholm, Copenhagen, and The Hague.

The McHenry Theater could still be a handsome Midcentury Modern building if they’d rip that shingled fake mansard and other accumulated bits of ticky-tacky off of it. It deserves better treatment than it’s had.

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